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Bats and Balls Podcast

Each week Pies, The Producer, Mendy & Big Zacko discuss sports from Australia and around the world. Focussed on NRL and AFL in winter, cricket and NFL in summer. We also talk about motor racing, horse racing, basketball, baseball and anything else that comes up from week to week. Join our tipping, fantasy and supercoach comps to interact with the team.
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Dec 20, 2017

In a very special episode, we're joined via satellite by our favourite Canadian listener Ben from online and Nova Scotia to talk about the NFL, last weeks big games and the playoff picture as a whole.
We also recap the 3rd Ashes Test in Perth which saw Australia return the urn. Australia were so dominant, even Mitch Marsh made runs.
The Roosters have set tongues wagging again with a big money signing of Angus Crichton, 16 months before he pulls on a tricolours jersey.
And Pies has been watching some NBA. Including Australia's own Ben Simmons in Rookie of the Year form as well as the New York Knicks looking like a proper NBA team.
0:00:00 - The Ashes
0:34:00 - NRL
0:44:00 - NBA
0:55:00 - NFL and Fantasy Football
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Dec 13, 2017

We've spoken about this episode on the show a lot lately. So The Producer has done his best to clean up the audio and re-release it as a bonus episode.

In this first of our classic episodes, Craig Bobby White makes his first appearance on the show. The Eagle is back to keep us all in check and Pies drinks half a dozen long necks of homebrew.

Some of the classic moments you can look forward to are: Speculation over Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moving to the Warriors. What do you have to do to get sent off in Rugby League? Recapping Jordan Spieth's first Masters triumph. Pies Stat Attack and his obsession with the 2015 Dragons defence. The origin of the Christmas Tree bet. And a heartfelt tribute to the great Richie Benaud.

Perhaps one day we'll release the outtakes. There's even more gold in there.

We'll be back next week after the Perth Test.

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Dec 7, 2017

Big Zacko is a late scratching, but The Producer and Pies are here to recap another thumping win the 2nd Ashes Test. Shaun Marsh is making the most of his 9th recall. Nathan Lyon is spinning England out of it and they can't handle Starc and Cummins. Why not give them a fighting chance and bring in Mitch Marsh for Perth?
The Rugby League World Cup came to a close with the Final. Australia beat England in the Final. We discuss the tournament as a whole and the future of RLWC.
FIFA made the World Cup Draw during the week. Australia have an okay draw and the entire thing is pretty balanced.
Plus we flum our way through the NFL without Big Zacko.
0:00:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:20:00 - The Ashes
0:57:00 - Football World Cup Draw
1:04:00 - NFL & Fantasy
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Nov 29, 2017

The Producer and Big Zacko have been left to their own devices. Pies has had no input and does not endorse anything said on this show. Feel liks a stitch up is coming up.
0:00:00 - The Ashes 1st Test
0:21:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:44:00 - Waratahs Masters Presentation Night
0:50:00 - V8 Supercars and Formula 1
0:55:00 - NFL
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Nov 22, 2017

Sports historian and newlywed Erik Nielsen joins us to preview The Ashes which kicks off tomorrow morning in Brisbane. We debate the selection nightmare that was the Australian team. The unknown English bats. And the possibility of the weather affecting the outcome of the series.
Then we introduce the Australian Baseball League to the podcast after Brendan and Erik spent an afternoon and night at the Sydney Blue Sox vs Adelaide Bite Double Header.
And the Rugby League World Cup just got a bit more interesting with Fiji and Tonga into the Semi Finals.
0:00:00 - The Ashes Preview
0:49:00 - ABL
1:00:00 - Rugby League World Cup
1:29:00 - NFL & Football World Cup Playoffs
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Nov 14, 2017

The International game of Rugby League is alive and kicking. Tonga have been a breath of fresh air in this tournament. Can they sustain it moving forward? The Quarter Finals are set, can we predict any upsets on the horizon?
The NFL season is past the halfway point. Are the Rams the real deal? Or is their 7-2 record a myth?
Football World Cup Qualifying is hotting up with only 3 spots still up for grabs at time of recording. Can Australia beat Honduras in the 2nd leg? Can New Zealand pull off a famous victory in Peru? Are Sweden the giant killers of the World Cup?
And The Bats and Balls Cup Fantasy NFL competition is set for a shake up after the clash between Team Smith and Big Zacko's Bullies. Two teams enter, one leaves as the second favourite to win it all behind the St Clair Lone Rangers who just keep winning.
0:00:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:42:00 - NFL
1:18:00 - Football World Cup Playoffs
1:37:00 - Bats and Balls Cup Fantasy NFL
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Nov 8, 2017

Fresh off Big Zacko tipping the exacta in the Melbourne Cup, we recap the race that stops a nation. Plus the Rugby League World Cup has played its second week of games.
At the halfway point of the NFL season we have a look at the top teams, the surprise packets and the disappointments in the NFL half yearly report card.
And we finish off with a bit of EPL and A-League football.
0:00:00 - Melbourne Cup Review
0:11:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:32:00 - NFL Mid Year Report Card
1:29:00 - Football
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Nov 5, 2017

Big Zacko has pored over the form guides, Pies has watched a few replays and The Producer has looked at the jockeys silks. Here's this year's instalment of the Melbourne Cup Preview Show.
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Nov 2, 2017

The trade deadline passed and we kept Big Zacko on for another week. Not content with coming off the bench, Big Zacko has demanded more snaps and management have acquiesced to his demands.
Heaps on offer including the Rugby League World Cup, MLB World Series, NFL and the latest horse racing news.
0:00:00 - Rugby League World Cup
0:23:00 - A-League
0:28:00 - Formula 1 / V8 Supercars
0:31:00 - MLB World Series
0:42:00 - NBA
0:47:00 - EPL
0:53:00 - NFL
1:33:00 - Derby Day
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Oct 26, 2017

Swainy is back after a few weeks and what a week to be back! The Wallabies defeated The All Blacks to claim the Rugby Championship Belt.
The Rugby League World Cup is just around the corner and Pies has no idea what's going on. And the Tonga team is going to the final.
Big Zacko has been watching A-League.
Plus all your NFL reviews and news.
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Oct 23, 2017

With The Producer out of action again, we thought we'd try something a bit different and record a short episode (well short for us!) out at Big Zacko's farm. Zac's been tipping up a storm in the NFL lately. You could do worse than following along with his tips this week.

We recap Week 6 NFL games. Tip you the winners of Week 7. Then quickly talk about opening night of the NBA. Plus there's a bit on the Socceroos road to Russia 2018.

Apologies if the audio isn't the best. It was our first time recording as a video.

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Oct 10, 2017

Pies took Mad Monday a little too far, and The Producer couldn't get off the couch for a week. But we're back to finish up the NRL and AFL seasons and to talk about a bunch of other sports including World Cup Qualifiers, NFL, Masters of Rugby League, Major League Baseball, Bathurst 1000 and Formula 1.
0:00:00 - AFL GF
0:13:00 - NRL GF
0:35:00 - World Cup Quals
0:37:00 - NFL
1:27:00 - Masters
1:28:00 - MLB Playoffs
1:31:00 - Motorsport
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Sep 27, 2017

After 29 and 26 weeks of NRL and AFL it's all come down to this. The final game of the season. The ultimate sudden death game. It's Grand Final weekend and it promises to be massive. Storylines aplenty. Cooper Cronk in his last game for Melbourne. Cameron Smith putting another stamp on his stellar career. Michael Morgan emerging from the shadow of Johnathan Thurston. The Richmond Tigers and their long suffering fans. New Brownlow medallist Dusty Martin. The great Adelaide Crows. Eddie Betts. Rory Sloane. What a weekend!
Plus we recap a couple of Masters of Rugby League modules at Belmont and Minchinbury.
And we dissect the week in NFL, and the Carmelo Anthony trade. Pies' NY Knicks have finally rid themselves of Melo.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:35:00 - AFL
0:59:00 - Masters of Rugby League
1:12:00 - NFL
1:48:00 - NBA
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Sep 20, 2017

An abnormal Wednesday morning recording this week. So The Producer and Pies discuss the NRL and AFL Semi Finals and predict the winners of the Prelim Finals. Then Big Zacko joins us on the phone for the NFL wrap. Plus Formula 1 and the Sandown 500 V8 Supercars.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:18:00 - AFL
0:31:00 - NFL
1:10:00 - Motorsport
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Sep 12, 2017

It's episode 121 and Pies is back at the helm of the ship. Big Zacko and The Producer are in the studio and we've got a huge show. We try to avoid all the controversy from the NRL Finals, but Brendan can't help himself. Plus we recap the AFL Finals which got off to a slow start but finished with a belter in Adelaide.
Plus we go through the first week of NFL Football, tip all of next weeks games and talk a little Fantasy Football.
Then right at the end, THAT photo of Malcolm Turnbull at the footy.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:38:00 - AFL
0:57:00 - NFL
1:55:00 - Football World Cup Qualifying
2:04:00 - Fake Political Outrage
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Sep 5, 2017

Big Zacko was out shopping for black shorts and socks, so Pies is back in the driver's seat for the first time in 2 months. Colbee calls in to talk about the upcoming Masters of Rugby League module at Newcastle. We get Swainy on to talk about the Shute Shield Grand Final and the heartbreaking loss for the Wallabies. Plus we preview the footy finals in NRL and AFL. All while Pies watches Australia v Thailand.
0:00:00 - Masters
0:12:00 - Rugby
0:42:00 - NRL
1:12:00 - AFL
1:23:00 - Football
1:28:00 - Formula 1
1:33:00 - Supercoach
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Sep 5, 2017

We've given the NFL Preview Show stand alone status this year. No more sifting through the rest of our gibber to get to the real football analysis.
Steve is crook this year, so it's left to Big Zacko to carry most of the workload with Pies coming in on 3rd down to help out. Brendan does his best as a change of pace type back.
0:00:00 - NFC East
0:20:00 - NFC North
0:36:00 - NFC South
0:43:00 - NFC West
1:00:00 - AFC East
1:15:00 - AFC North
1:22:00 - AFC South
1:28:00 - AFC West
1:37:00 - Stat Attack & Predictions
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Aug 30, 2017

Pies is hiding his face after weighing in with a stiffy, so it's just Brendan and Zacko again this week. Alternate facts are that Pies was out with flu like symptoms.
The boys cover all the games of NRL and AFL and the Finals repercussions.
Australia were chasing down Bangladesh in the 1st test. Plus the latest news from the NFL and the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix recap.
And the AFL Supercoach GF has been played, and the NRL Supercoach GF is set for next week.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:40:00 - AFL
1:00:00 - Test Cricket
1:04:00 - NFL
1:17:00 - Formula 1
1:22:00 - Supercoach
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Aug 23, 2017

We miss the start by 7 lengths, but Big Zacko doesn't panic and has us humming along just right in the final furlong for a famous victory. Or something like that.
Two weeks out from the NRL Finals and there's still a couple of spots up for grabs. And all appears sewn up in the AFL, but is it?!
Swainy goes above and beyond by taking some time out between the main course and dessert to discuss everything going on in the world of Rugby including the Western Force, Shute Shield Final and the Bledisloe Cup.
Plus there's discussion about the great mare Winx, Hartnell avoiding her and winning, in bizarre circumstances, Nick Kyrgios seems to have his head on right again, plus Big Zacko goes through some of the news from the NFL and we're almost over Supercoach.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:44:00 - Rugby
1:01:00 - AFL
1:23:00 - Horse Racing
1:28:00 - NFL
1:39:00 - Supercoach
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Aug 18, 2017

No Pies no worries it seems. After Brendan almost got decapitated at work, he's risen from his death bed to record with Big Zacko behind Pies' back. This should be good....
0:00:00 - NRL
1:05:00 - Masters of Rugby League
1:19:00 - Rugby
1:24:00 - AFL
1:46:00 - Supercoach
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Aug 8, 2017

Big Zacko is still in control and seems to be getting the hang of it.
This week is a bit of a mixed bag with plenty of random sports talk this week. No Swainy this week, but we still battle our way through some Rugby talk. Plus EPL, Tennis and we preview the next module of Masters of Rugby League at Dragon Dreammasters.
Plus the regular NRL, AFL and Supercoach talk.
0:00:00 - Random Talk & IAAF World Championships
0:25:00 - NRL
1:15:00 - Rugby
1:24:00 - EPL
1:28:00 - Tennis
1:35:00 - Masters of Rugby League
1:45:00 - AFL
2:06:00 - Supercoach
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Aug 1, 2017

Quick show tonight but that just means our rant to minute ratio is up. Pies rants about the Daily Telegraph, Big Zacko rants about the footy in general and Brendan has more ref rants.
We cover the latest round of AFL and put in our tips for the coming round.
And Supercoach is hotting up with AFL finals starting and the last week of the NRL season.
0:00:00 - Daily Telegaph, NRL
0:47:00 - AFL
1:15:00 - Other Sport
1:19:00 - Supercoach
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Jul 26, 2017

Seeing as Pies and Brendan haven't been past 112 before, Big Zacko takes over and runs the show as part of his Second Year Project.
Robbo joins us in the studio and Seamus is on the phone to recap the Bats and Balls Cup Masters game. Pies rates the Waratahs food offerings in the latest segment of Masters Chef.
Robbo and Zac recap the Tour de France.
Plus all the results and tips from the NRL and AFL.
And among all the injuries and suspensions, we have to get ready for the Supercoach finals with very few trades left.
0:00:00 - Bats and Balls Cup
0:28:00 - Tour de France
0:47:00 - NRL
1:39:00 - AFL
2:00:00 - Other Sport
2:09:00 - Supercoach
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Jul 20, 2017

It's the show before the big Bats and Balls Masters of Rugby League Cup and Brendan drops a bombshell. We get Colbee and Seamus on the line to preview the Masters module.
Plus Swainy catches us up with everything going on in the world of Rugby.
Plus all your NRL, AFL and Tour de France news.
And Brendan and Pies had huge weekends in Supercoach.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:33:00 - Rugby
1:01:00 - Masters of Rugby League
1:35:00 - AFL
2:22:00 - Supercoach
3:04:00 - Tour de France
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Jul 12, 2017

It's episode 111 and we're podcasting on one leg. Pies is on location deep inside the Blues camp.
Brendan and Big Zacko are alone in the studio discussing everything going on in the world of sport. There's plenty on the NRL and AFL including more ladder debate and finals predictions.
Plus Big Zacko recaps another crazy week in the Tour de France.
And Brendan once again lets us know just how good he is at Supercoach.
0:00:00 - NRL
0:52:00 - AFL
1:22:00 - Tour de France
1:34:00 - Supercoach
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